With spectacular scenery, a warm climate, and gracious hospitality, the Hawaiian Islands are ideal for a babymoon getaway. Look forward to dazzling landscapes that boast tropical foliage, plunging waterfalls, and pristine white sand beaches. Near many vacation rentals in Hawaii are seemingly endless opportunities to attend cultural events, embark on sightseeing adventures, partake in wellness activities, and enjoy excellent dining establishments. Here are the most noteworthy babymoon destinations in Hawaii.
1. Lihue, Kauai
The beautiful town of Lihue lies on the southeast coast of Kauai, the northernmost of the major Hawaiian Islands. Known as the Garden Island, Kauai bursts with emerald greenery. Just north of Lihue, a pleasant walk through verdant foliage leads you to magnificent Wailua Falls, a beautiful 200-foot waterfall with a misty sunlit rainbow at the base that has appeared in television and films. The white sands of Kalapaki Beach provide an ideal place for swimming and sunbathing. Visit the Kauai Museum to view the works of local artists and learn about the geological formation and early history of the islands. The Grove Farm Homestead Museum, formerly a sugar plantation, is full of orchards and tropical gardens and offers fascinating insight into the plantation era on Kauai. For a relaxing massage and body treatments that include Hawaiian sea salts, purifying herbs, and body wraps, try Hawaiian Rainforest Spa at Kauai Beach. The Luau Kalamaku on the Kilohana Estate provides a sumptuous feast along with fire dancers, hula dancers, and traditional music.
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2. Kailua, Oahu
Located on the lush eastern shore of the island of Oahu, the town of Kailua offers stunning greenery, splendid beaches, and a friendly, laid-back, small town ambiance. Renowned as among the world’s best beaches, Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach provide crystal clear turquoise-blue waters, powdery soft white sand, and borders of lovely palm trees. In town, shop at Manuhealii for original brightly patterned shirts and dresses, and at Splash Hawaii for flamboyant flip-flops and sandals. Buzz’s Original Steak House serves up delicious meals along with a magnificent waterfront view. For dessert, head for Island Snow, and sample shave ice, the island equivalent of ice cream, which comes in exotic flavors such as ginger, mango, and tamarind. Visit the Makapuu Point Lighthouse just a few miles down the coast for a stunning view and seasonal whale watching. Nearby Sea Life Park Hawaii has an entertaining luau with Polynesian music and dancing and traditional Hawaiian cuisine.
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3. Lanai City, Lanai
Lanai, the smallest of Hawaii’s inhabited islands, is an emerald gem in the sapphire-blue waters just west of Maui. Most of the shops, restaurants, and other businesses are in Lanai City, a small town in the center of the island. For a fascinating look at paintings and ceramics by local artists, head for the Lanai Art Center. Shop for unique clothing items at Local Gentry. When you’re hungry, try the Blue Ginger Cafe, a combination bakery and restaurant that serves up sandwiches, burgers, and traditional Hawaiian cuisine. For more elegant dining, try the seafood on the outdoor patio at the Lanai City Bar and Grill. Hulopoe Beach in Hulopoe Bay is a long stretch of white sand that’s great for swimming and sunbathing. Have fun observing the colorful marine life in the tide pools. Don’t miss a visit to nearby Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, the site of a romantic story in Hawaiian folklore. Visit Kaumalapau Harbor on the southwest side of the island to view whales and dolphins swimming offshore and watch the incredibly beautiful sunset.
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4. Lahaina, Maui
Located on the northwestern side of Maui, Lahaina is a charming town that used to be a whaling village and the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. One of the town’s unique features is the largest banyan tree in the United States, which is 60 feet tall, spreads out over an entire city block, and is the site of a shady park. Renowned as an art colony, Lahaina has dozens of galleries to browse through, including Village Galleries, the Old Jail Gallery, and the Martin Lawrence Galleries. Be sure to check out the intricate traditional ivory carvings at Lahaina Scrimshaw. If you’d like to relax on a beach with calm, shallow waters and soft dark brown sand, check out Puunoa Beach, also known as Baby Beach. For a romantic and elegant dining experience, take the dinner cruise aboard the two-story luxury yacht the Maui Princess with Hawaii Ocean Project.
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5. Hana, Maui
Hana is a lovely garden-like town on the southeastern coast of Maui. Visit the Hana Maui Botanical Gardens for a beautiful stroll through lush tropical foliage. Waianapanapa State Park has a unique black sand beach that is perfect for relaxation and swimming. Near the beach are fascinating sea stacks, lava tubes, blowholes, and colonies of seabirds. The Hana Cultural Center and Museum offers insight into local history and culture. Shop for souvenirs and other unique items at the rustic Hasegawa General Store and Hana Ranch Store. Enjoy a Hawaiian hot stone or deep tissue massage at Travaasa Spa. The Preserve Kitchen and Bar offers excellent Hawaiian cuisine on a patio overlooking the water.
6. Hilo, Big Island
Located around a crescent-shaped bay on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo offers breathtaking natural beauty and a vibrant downtown area. Visit Wailuku River State Park to view the magnificent 80-foot Rainbow Falls. In Liliuokalani Gardens, an immense Japanese ornamental garden, enjoy a relaxing peaceful stroll past pagodas, fish ponds, and rock gardens. The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo hosts a fascinating collection of exotic animals, including alligators, giant anteaters, Asian black bears, and Bengal tigers. Downtown Hilo features historic wooden storefronts housing art galleries, jewelry shops, museums, and other cultural establishments. To shop for local handicrafts, locally grown coffee, baked goods, and fresh produce, head for Hilo Farmers Market. Hilo Bay Cafe offers delicious Hawaiian cuisine in a beautiful waterfront setting.
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